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How to Celebrate Good Friday like a Capetonian
Observe this Christian holy day in real Capetonian style
Good Friday (30 March 2018) is one of the most important days in the Christian almanack and is a national South African public holiday. The holy day falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday and commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
Cape Town has its own Easter-related customs – many of which are about food. Aside from the global Easter favourite of hot cross buns, the traditional fare for Good Friday in Cape Town is pickled fish (usually made with snoek or flaky fish). Popularised at a time when it was deemed no one should work over the Easter weekend, the seafood dish became a firm favourite because it could feed an entire family and it could last from Friday to Monday.
A BRIEF RESPITE
While some families in Cape Town spend the long weekend (the Monday after Easter is also a public holiday – check out family day) together following their Easter routine, others hit the road for a mini break (schools are usually closed during this period for a short holiday).
If you are spending the four-day period of respite in the Mother City, why not check out our overview of things to Cape Town this Easter! You can also have a little squizz at our overview of wonderfully creative places to host your own Easter egg hunt!
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
|1 Jan||New Year's Day||Check out more events happening in January|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday||Check out more events happening in March|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day||Check out more events happening in April|
|1 May||Workers' Day||Check out more events happening in May|
|16 Jun||Youth Day||Check out more events happening in June|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day||Check out more events happening in August|
|24 Sept||Heritage Day||Check out more events happening in September|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill||Check out more events happening in December
Also, during the Easter holidays, you might want to take note of these fun things to do with the kids.
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